Recently, it was confirmed the Czech Republic would be taking part in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. It has also now been confirmed that the national final ESCZ will also be returning. Interested artists can now send submissions for ESCZ 2023, as the window is now open.
What we know about ESCZ 2023!
Submissions for ESCZ 2023 are now open, and will close on 8th December 2022. Artists who wish to submit a song can use the form here. Songs can be submitted as a demo, and at least the leading artist must hold Czech citizenship to take part.
Three finalists will be selected to take part in ESCZ 2023. They will perform their songs live for the first time since 2009. The winner will be chosen by a combination of jury voting, national public voting, and international public voting. There will be more information released in the coming days, leading up to the national final.
Czech Republic’s Eurovision Journey
Czechia made their debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, with Kabát’s “Malá dama”. However, their debut entry finished last in a 28-song semi-final, scoring only 1 point. Afterwards, this kicked off three consecutive non-qualifications, with their best result coming in 2008, finishing in second-last place. Having withdrawn in 2009 due to poor results, Czechia returned to the Contest in 2015. In 2016, Czechia qualified for the first time with Gabriela Gunciková’s “I Stand”.
In 2022, We Are Domi represented Czechia with their song “Lights Off”. Performing in the second semi-final in Turin, the band qualified for the final – and finished in 22nd place in a field of 25 with 38 points.
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News Source: Czech Television
Photo Credit: EBU/Andres Putting